By Dauda Koroma
A banking officer and two others accused of defrauding Rokel Commercial Bank (RCB) Le275 million were formally charged today with 19 counts of conspiracy, fraud, larceny, among others.
According to court documents obtained by Fritong Post, the defendants are alleged to have engaged in an unauthorised internal transfer of funds totaling Le275 million. These funds were transferred from the bank’s suspense account, located at RCB headquarters in Freetown, to A/C number 1803619809001 registered under the name Musa Kanteh (deceased). The accused then purportedly utilised the bank’s Sim Kopor Mobile Application System to fraudulently withdraw the funds, falsely claiming that the withdrawals were made by the deceased Kanteh.
Mohamed Arafat Sahara Munda, RCB customer service officer, Bo, Mohamed Munda Tarleh, an RCB Sim Korpor agent, and Edison Brima Mohamed, an assistant operator at Tarleh’s POS, were brought before Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Pademba Road Court No.1. They were arraigned under the specified sections of the Larceny Act 1916.
In the first count, all three accused individuals, Mohamed Arafat Sahara Munda, Mohamed Munda Tarleh, and Edison Brima Mohamed, are alleged to have conspired with unknown individuals on Friday, 18th August 2023, at the Rokel Commercial Bank branch in Bo, with the intent to defraud the bank of Le275 million.
Counts 2 to 10 pertain to larceny by servant charges against Mohamed Arafat Sahara Munda, who worked as a banking officer at the Rokel Commercial Bank. In these counts, the accused allegedly stole various amounts from A/C number 1803619809001, which was operated by Musa Kanteh, now deceased. The sums stolen ranged from Le4 million to Le10 million, all belonging to Rokel Commercial Bank Sierra Leone Limited.
Additionally, Mohamed Arafat Sahara Munda is accused of stealing Le275 million from A/C number 124300000023, which was operated by Rokel Commercial Bank Sim Korpor E-Cheque.
Counts 11 to 19 involve Mohamed Arafat Sahara Munda causing money to be paid unlawfully. In these counts, the accused allegedly facilitated withdrawals amounting to over Le275 million from Rokel Commercial Bank A/C number 1803619809001. These withdrawals were purportedly made by the account holder, Musa Kanteh (deceased), but were later determined to be false.
No bail was granted, and the accused persons were remanded in custody until the 28th September 2023. ASP Ibrahim Mansaray is prosecuting the case.